Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Sports this 'n' that

LaSalle failed in its bid to repeat at Section II hockey champions Tuesday night. Instead, the Cadets were shut out, 7-0, by Bethlehem. The Eagles & Cadets had played to a 4-4 draw last month, but Bethlehem was not about to let LaSalle hang around this time, oh no. While Casey Boone had 33 saves in goal for LaSalle, he was challenged the entire night, and coach Tim Flanigan couldn't risk lifting him for freshman Leo Paul, otherwise the end result would've been much worse.

A year removed from their men's basketball team capturing its first sectional title in several years, this year, it was the skating Eagles' time to shine. They went undefeated against Section II teams, but now advance to the state quarterfinals against Massena (Section X) on Saturday at home. If memory serves me correctly, it was Massena that ended LaSalle's season last year in the state tournament.
Speaking of hoops, the Class AA title game is now set for Saturday at Glens Falls' Cool Insuring Arena. Colonie upset top ranked Saratoga, ending the Blue Streaks' 19 game winning streak, while Shenendehowa dismissed CBA. To think that the Garnet Raiders managed to pull the upset despite having leading scorer Isaiah Moll in the locker room for a good chunk of the second half with a back ailment.
America's Idiot, ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, put his foot in his mouth again on Tuesday.

On First Take, Smith whined about Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson taking batting practice with the Yankees, and clobbering six home runs in the process.

For one thing, I don't think Screamin' A. would have a problem if his pal LeBron James took BP with the Yankees. For another, Wilson was drafted for baseball before being drafted out of Wisconsin by the Seahawks six years ago. The Texas Rangers traded their rights to Wilson to the Yankees a few weeks back, a fact that somehow got past Smith, who gets a Dunce Cap for not having all the facts in front of him.
For readers in the home district, if you pick up a copy of today's edition of The Record, you'll see that their manpower-challenged sports department ends up getting a set of Dunce Caps for misleading their readers.

You see, there's an action shot from a recent regular season game between LaSalle & CBA, but nothing to actually hype last night's title game. For that matter, the editors didn't send anyone to Union College to cover Sunday's semi-finals (yes, LaSalle got Rodney'd again). This is what happens when El Cheapo Press doesn't do right by its readers in this market.

Not only that, but they've ignored the resurgent Albany Patroons, again using their lack of manpower and finances to explain why no one's covered Patroons home games this season. In truth, ignorance is not a valid excuse.

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